Bell Variant matte blackUnderstated and over-featured is the Variant in a nutshell Bell´s go-to, go anywhere, do everything mountain bike helmet. Whether on an all-mountain epic or urban assault mission, the Variant got the goods to get it done. And in 09 it gets done even better with the addition of the super adjustable Twin Axis Gear (TAG) fit system not to mention its VPV visor, Fusion In-Mold Microshell construction and trail tuned ventilation.
Fusion In-Mold Microshell: In-molding is the process of bonding the helmet’s Microshell to its EPS foam layer to provide a sturdier, more solid helmet. The EPS foam is shot into the thin Microshell cap when it is in the mold—thus the name—rather than formed separately and taped on later. This process was pioneered by Bell and is now the industry-wide standard for all high-end helmets. It’s now standard on all Bell adult and child helmets.
In-Mold Bottom Warp: In-Mold bottom wraps bring a new level of durability, solidity and aesthetics to helmets. By bonding Microshell material to the lower half of the helmet, In-Mold bottom wraps cover what on most helmets is a less durable, exposed EPS foam.
Internal Reinforcement: In order to maximize venting and minimize bulk, high-end helmets like the Sweep, Ghisallo and X-Ray now feature internal reinforcements. These composite skeletons fortify helmets the same way rebar makes concrete stronger. This allows for bigger vents, more advanced styling and lighter weight, while still meeting stringent safety standards.
Channeled Ventilation: Specially designed ventilation channels on the interior of the helmet's liner bring cool air in through the front, pass it over the head and flushes warm air out of the rear ports. You'll find some form of this feature on almost all Bell helmets, but our higher end helmets feature deeply sculpted channels that keep air moving whether you're bombing it at 30 mph, or huffing it uphill at single digit speed.
VPV Adjustable Visor: Available only on Bell’s top-of-the-line mountain helmets, the Variable Position Visor allows for 15 degrees of horizontal adjustment by using an imbedded clutch mechanism that holds the visor firmly at the desired angle. Changing the VPV’s angle just takes a simple tug in the desired direction.
- Fitting system: GPS
- Construction: In-Mold
- Ventilation: >24
- Features: VPV adjustable Visier, channeled ventilation
- Weight: 305g
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